Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

We Grow Accustomed To The Dark - Poem by Emily Dickinson

We grow accustomed to the Dark -
When light is put away -
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye -

A Moment - We uncertain step
For newness of the night -
Then - fit our Vision to the Dark -
And meet the Road - erect -

And so of larger - Darknesses -
Those Evenings of the Brain -
When not a Moon disclose a sign -
Or Star - come out - within -

The Bravest - grope a little -
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead -
But as they learn to see -

Either the Darkness alters -
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight -
And Life steps almost straight.


Comments about We Grow Accustomed To The Dark by Emily Dickinson

  • (7/6/2018 10:32:00 PM)


    Life will never be perfect...only “almost straight”, but we’ll figure out how to work through those problems. This is such an encouraging (all while being realistic) poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/13/2018 8:30:00 PM)


    No robot reading this poem pls, it sounds ghastly -_- (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2016 5:46:00 PM)


    ...........profound, interesting and the theme is scary ★ (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/11/2014 8:07:00 AM)


    I like this poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, February 10, 2014


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